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Alley Time - Spiteful Brewing

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spiteful Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 07-20-2013

A Chicago bike messenger's favorite part of the day, "Alley Time" is a reward for life on the streets. This beer is brewed with Pilsen Malt and a single addition of Simcoe hops. Perfect for sharing those expletive-heavy stories with a cold one in hand. Alley Time can be any time, but it can only be one place! and whether you're a corporate lemming or an interpretive dancer, find an alley and make it yours.
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Ratings: 127 | Reviews: 20
Photo of CityofWind_brew
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Illinasia
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnofUpton
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This APA surprised me - quite good!

Photo of EvanM
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First of all, look at the name. If you poured it into a tulip you've missed the point completely. Next if you live on IPAs and love that life well then you won't like this. If you are so tired of the HOP level oneupmanship that dominates current the craft brew religious insanity then this just might be for you. Drink it from the can! After a week of drinking this well balanced bright ale, everything else will taste like it's loaded with corn syrup!

Photo of BcOneSeven
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SteveB24
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

look-poured a nice, light golden color with two fingers of white head. nice retention.
Smell- light fruit upfront, mild citrus, floral notes.
Taste-light fruit and floral notes upfront, but flavors are very subdued and not really any malt backbone.
Feel-moist and slightly creamy upfront, mild carbonation, finishes rather creamy.
Overall-a decent pale ale, very mild and a nice choice for some easy drinking, but doesn't really impress in my opinion.

Photo of Raj
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kraj30
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very nice everyday beer. wish they would be on tap more

Photo of mjc3151
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Barnoloid
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very solid pale ale from Spiteful. Some citrus notes here amongst a caramel malt backbone. Well rounded, good spot of bitterness on the back end.

Photo of aliciamsu
2.8/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Taste ok but overall not a bold flavor like I prefer

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jackieT
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of schmidtmattsays
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joe1510
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can
$9.99 6-Pack
Binny's Willowbrook

Alley Time is golden, a little tarnished, with brass highlights running its length. The foam is pure white and bubbly, easily growing to a couple fingers in height. It's takes its sweet time falling but eventually rests at a thick crown with a craggy, soapy look. Big puffy lace clings to the glass in waves.

I like Spiteful's pale ales, they always lean toward bitter and the smell of this hints at the same. Orange and grapefruit pith by the handful, even a squeeze of lemon, lead the way. Weed follows closely with a resinous touch. There is also a whisper of that aspirin bitter. The malt base doesn't add much, it's pale with some biscuity notes and soft grain.

The flavor profile is much the same as the nose. Big notes of pithy orange and grapefruit run from front to back while a soft undercurrent of aspirin-like bitterness follows. The resinous weed pops up on the finish to join the party. The grain bill brings a soft sweetness, just enough to keep the hopping in check, with freshly cracked grain and dry biscuits.

Lively carbonation makes the moderately weighted body pop. It's a quick mover, scrubbing the tongue along the way, and leaving a solid bitterness in its wake. The bitterness grows as you drink but never really above moderate, it does though seem to invade every nook and cranny from my lips to my cheeks to my throat. This beer is made for drinking and it succeeds.

I said it earlier and I'll say it again, I've always been a big fan of Spiteful's pale ales. They use the palest of malts, make them very hop forward and make sure to pack in a good deal of bitterness. This beer fits the bill and is flat out delicious. Enough said.

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip from a can.

A. A light yellow almost lemon color with medium haze and a 1/4" head.

S. As I swirl the glass a smell a slight aroma of biscuity malt followed by a more prominent citrus smell. A bit Perfumy also. Very pleasant on the nose.

T. More malty on the palate. Not very citrusy. A little Perfumy tasting.

M. Medium bodied and slightly prickly.

O. Overall I think this is a pretty good beer. Nice to look at. Aromas are great. Taste is on very nice. And the mouthfeel is just what I want from a pale ale. Nicely done spiteful.

Photo of briiguy
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of ConradSomm
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of MinisterCurry
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%

Pour is hazed pale golden with lots of tight white head. Nose is light grain, faint honey, a bit of sweet malt, hops are herbal with notes of melon rind. Taste is even sweeter, stronger grain but more sugar, lighter malt, hops are husky melon rind and a bit grassy, hay like. Very light bitterness, drinkable, moderate carb.

Photo of alexm1309
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of dannycohen62
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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Alley Time from Spiteful Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.